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My Story, Rewritten

Dark Days: I experienced many dark days from the ages of 4 to 40. I experienced various types of abuse and trauma during those years, and I began having symptoms of mental illness as early as 7. The symptoms weren’t always consistent, and my behavior was misconstrued as, “she is just being a bad girl,” [...]

By | 2017-02-10T09:33:03+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Bipolar, Mental Health, Stories, Surviving Suicide|0 Comments

Resilience

I’ve lost 5 friends to it. I joined 1 of the 6 children’s response teams in the country and was floored at how inhumane I felt the “standardized” response we (society) continue to deploy. There is no intermediate response, so I wanted to empower everyone with the same skill that professionals have so they can [...]

By | 2017-02-10T09:33:20+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Mental Health, Stories, Suicide Prevention|0 Comments

The Alchemy of Healing

For the last fifteen years, I’ve been “out” as a suicide attempt survivor. I’ve shared publicly what it felt like to be unable to live in my own skin, and what it was like to be a patient receiving treatment after suicide attempts. I’ve shared countless times about how the systems that were supposed to [...]

By | 2017-02-10T09:33:42+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Mental Health, Stories, Surviving Suicide|0 Comments

Changing the Conversation around Suicide

My name is Lisa Klein and I am currently directing a documentary called The S Word. Try telling someone you’re making a film about suicide and see what their reaction is. A long, uncomfortable silence. A concerned look. Clearing of the throat. Then I launch into my spiel – “It’s not going to be a [...]

By | 2017-02-10T09:34:02+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Mental Health, Stories, Surviving Suicide|2 Comments